Chromebook Update

Dear Student and Family,

The District is pleased to inform you that the first shipment of Chromebooks ordered for our Grades 7-12 students has arrived in our Labrador region. We anticipate delivery of the Chromebooks for the remaining regions early in the new year.

This is an exciting time for the District, as these devices will allow for new ways to enhance in-class teaching and learning; provide continuity of learning in the event in-class instruction is interrupted, and generally reinforce quality education by enabling learning opportunities and access to online educational resources from home.

This is also a great life learning opportunity for our Grades 7-12 students. Technology is embedded in the very fabric of almost all aspects of today’s society. Accepting responsibility for both the care of the physical device, and its appropriate use, creates a foundation for your remaining secondary education and your future.

To that end, there is a detailed agreement attached for signature by parents/guardians and the student accepting responsibility for the device entrusted to you by the District for the duration of your secondary education. While formal in appearance, the agreement is standard and simply ensures everyone is aware of the equipment provided to the student; the expectation of care and appropriate use, along with what costs the District – and potentially parents – may incur in the event of abuse or misplacement of the device. Please return the signed Chromebook Loan Agreement Form (please click here to download it, or ask for a copy at the main office) to your child’s Homeroom teacher. These forms are due by January 29, 2021.

The Chromebook is to be returned to the school upon graduation/school-leaving, much like a textbook provided by the school. As you can appreciate, it is important that our future Grades 7-12 students are able to avail of these devices to enhance their education experience as well.

We hope you will embrace this exciting opportunity.

HAPPY COMPUTING!

Food Drive Gift Card Winner

Congratulations go out to Nate P. in Homeroom 9-2. Nate’s name was drawn on December 18th from all of those who participated in the Christmas Food Drive. He was awarded a $100.00 Best Buy gift card by Mr. Connolly, who headed up the Food Drive, and by school principal Ms. Pike. Congratulations, Nate!

Science Fun!

How do you keep students interested on the last day before vacation? How about with some dry ice and electricity? Not at the same time, of course! Mme. Brunet handled the Icy, Mr. Smith took on the Shocking.

The Spirit of Giving at MDJH

  1. Christmas Families

This year we were able to help 42 families as part of our Christmas Families program, the greatest number of families that we’ve supported yet!

We received/purchased over $4000 in gift cards to groceries stores to support our families. The money came from staff donations, local business donations, in-school fundraisers like the Friday ice cream sales, etc.

We also had two families directly sponsored by local businesses, which will help them have a very happy holiday season.

A huge Firework! to Ms. Watton for organizing this event, and to Mr. Connolly and Ms. Quann for their assistance.

2. Christmas Food Drive

Our Christmas Food Drive was a tremendous success! Thank you to all who donated a non-perishable food item or grocery store gift card. Items were donated to The Gathering Place. Thanks to Mr. Connolly for organizing the drive and being the Man Behind The Mic!

Adopt A Senior 2020

We at MDJH would like to send out a big “Thank You!” to our generous school community. With your help, this was, by far, the best year yet for our Adopt A Senior program. We were able to provide 31 gifts for the seniors of St. Patrick’s Nursing Home. In addition to the gifts for 31 seniors, we donated numerous bags full of supplies for the powder rooms for use by all, consisting of shampoo, body wash, razors, shaving cream – enough to last months. We also donated many cases of ginger ale, chocolates and candies for the lounge areas. Way to go, Grizzlies!

Helping to Give The Gift of Kindness

A big “Thank You!” to Aurora (Grade 9) and Julia (Grade 7), who gave up their whole Sunday on December 13th to fill stockings for Dominion employees that were in need. Aurora has been shopping, collecting, lifting, lugging, packing, counting and sorting since mid-November with her mother to make this happen, and Julia and her Dad joined in on Sunday along with other volunteers to stuff and deliver the stockings.

For more information, check out the story on CBC.

Here, Aurora and Julia help stuff the stockings.

Memo To Parents From NLESD

To: Parents/Guardians
From: Ed Walsh, Associate Director (Programs and Human Resources)
Subject: Pro-active Covid Preparation
Date: December 10, 2020

In recent weeks, we have all become acutely aware of how quickly the Covid-19 virus can impact a school community. We also know the upcoming holidays could find any school in a situation where new, localized cases create the need to alter normal school operations.

To be clear, as of this date, there is no expectation of suspension of in-class instruction in January. However, we must be prepared to switch to online teaching and learning in the coming weeks if the need arises. We are therefore advising that:

  • Grades 7-12 students take home resources that may be important for virtual learning should the need occur after the holiday break.
  • Grades K-6 students take home school supplies (e.g., pencils, rulers, crayons, notebooks) they might need to engage in virtual learning should the need occur after the holiday break.

Again, there is no expectation of widespread interruption of in-class instruction. This is merely a proactive measure to help facilitate a smooth transition to online teaching and learning if that should be required.

Meanwhile, the District is awaiting delivery of Chromebooks ordered for all Grades 7-12 students. At this point, there will not be enough time to receive, configure and distribute all 30,000 devices prior to the holiday break. Therefore, if you do not have access to the Internet, or your child does not have access to a technology device at home, please advise the school administration team. Every effort will be made to provide you with a device which can be returned after the holiday break. As always, any device provided by the school or school district is the responsibility of the individual to whom it is assigned and should not be left unattended in vehicles, in public places, or anywhere outside the home or school (See Acceptable Use of Technology Policy and Regulations (FIN-500).

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We wish you all a happy holiday season and we will continue to provide updates as necessary.